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October 18, 2011

The most endangered species

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It’s a sad reality of the Middle East that moderates have short life spans. In the summer of 1951, rumors began circulating that Lebanon and Jordan were discussing a joint peace deal with Israel. That July, both Jordan’s king, Abdullah I, and Lebanon’s former prime minister, Riad Bey al-Solh, were assassinated. In 1979, Egypt’s president, Anwar Sadat, became the first Arab leader to sign a peace treaty with Israel. He was assassinated for this “treason” two years later. In 1982, Lebanon’s president-elect, Bashir Gemayel, began discussing peace with Israel. He was assassinated that year for “selling the country to Israel.” The list goes on.

Why did both Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas turn down generous peace offers from Israel? The most benign explanation is that they both feared assassination for making concessions to Israel such as recognizing Jewish sovereignty over the land or giving up the Palestinian “right of return.”

There is more than enough evidence to demonstrate that Arab moderates are an endangered species and that their peril in turn imperils the entire peace process. We don’t need any further proof of this proposition. Yet the proof keeps coming. The most recent Arab moderate to be threatened is a man I recently had the pleasure of meeting: Sheikh Abu Kader al-Jabari of Hebron.

I first encountered Sheikh Jabari this August, when I traveled to Israel with Pastor John Hagee to participate in Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Courage” events. Beck wanted his events to rise above religious divides and stress our shared humanity and dignity. Thus he invited Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders to participate. Yet for the very reasons discussed above, many Muslim leaders were afraid to embrace the staunchly pro-Israel Beck. But one man did have the courage to speak out. Sheikh Jabari of Hebron sent a warm letter of support for “Restoring Courage.”

Before leaving Israel, Pastor Hagee and I met with Sheikh Jabari. We were joined by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, one of the most prominent rabbis in Israel. Seeing these three leaders of these three faiths sitting next to one another gave our gathering an historic feel. Yet what was most encouraging about the meeting was not the nature of their agreement. The fact is that these three men have fundamental disagreements on significant issues. Instead, what made the meeting important was the way in which they agreed to disagree. All three religious leaders stressed that violence and killing have no place in resolving differences over the future of the land.

We left Israel later that night. And Sheikh Jabari returned to Hebron and continued to speak out. In the week that followed, he criticized Abbas for seeking a unilateral declaration of statehood from the United Nations. He also reiterated that Jews have a right to live in Hebron — their second holiest city — alongside the Muslim majority.

But while Sheikh Jabari rejects violence as a tool of politics, his opponents do not. On September 10, Palestinian terrorists issued a fatwa against Sheikh Jabari. These terrorists warned that if the Sheikh does not “recant” his statements criticizing Abbas and recognizing Jewish rights in Hebron, “our response will be with armaments.” This is a death threat, pure and simple.

This death threat did not come from Hamas. It came from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, which has a long history of association with Abbas’s Fatah movement. In other words, these are Abbas’s terrorists. And when confronted with opposition, their response is not to debate, but to intimidate and kill. I don’t know how many Palestinians agree with Sheikh Jabari, but Fatah seems determined to make sure we never find out.

Israelis dream of peace. A large majority of Israelis would make significant territorial concessions to the Palestinians if such concessions would in fact bring peace. But hard realities keep dashing these hopes. Israel’s supposed partners for peace don’t want to end up like Sadat, Abdullah and Gemayel. And now, these supposed partners for peace are the very ones making the threats and wielding the weapons. It’s difficult to remain optimistic about Abbas when one sees how he treats those with whom he disagrees. Luckily for Abbas, no one is reporting this story.

David Brog, the executive director of Christians United for Israel, is the author of In Defense of Faith: The Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity (Encounter 2010).

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45 Comments »

  1. NICE ARTIVLE IT SHOULD BE POSTED ON FACEBOOK.

    Comment by Lloyd Oestreicher — October 18, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

  2. Truthful article

    Comment by Truthful article! — October 18, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

  3. This blog needs a way to share on Facebook. Think others need to see!

    Comment by Jane Huggins — October 18, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

  4. It seems that the truly forgotten (and endangered) people in the Middle-Eastern equation are the historic, indigenous Christian communities in the region: Coptic and Greek Orthodox, Melkite and Maronite Catholics, Assyrians, Chaldeans, and Armenians. Except for such agencies as Voice of the Martyrs, most American mainline and Evangelical Christians seem unaware of their continued existence, caught emotionally and politically between Israel and the Islamic Arab world, where they are attacked and murdered, their women and children kidnapped and raped, and their churches and holy places desecrated and destroyed. They have been on the receiving end of Islamic “benevolence” since the seventh century; yet, far too often, they are omitted from any consideration in negotiations or government formation…The latest, most egregious, example is Iraq, whose US-minted constitution takes into account the Sunni and Shia sects of Islam, as well as the Kurdish enclave in the northen region. Stunningly absent is any provision for the rights and safety of the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac Christian minority. This benign neglect continues to bear bitter fruit, as Christians and churches continue to be attacked, and those who can flee to the northern provinces, Syria, and Lebanon…Americans need to be aware of fellow-Christians suffering, in harm’s way–as most of the West appears fixated on the Jewish-Islamic conflict.

    Comment by subdeacon Henry-Patrick — October 18, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

  5. God gave THE PROMISED LAND to Israel as an EVERLASTING POSSESSION!
    Joseph Whitson

    Comment by Joseph G. Whitson — October 18, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

  6. God gave THE PROMISED LAND to Israel as an EVERLASTING POSSESSION!!
    Joseph Whitson

    Comment by Joseph G. Whitson — October 18, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

  7. I agree with the comments and the article. Unfortunately, many Christians and churches, worldwide will not speak out about and for Israel. We as G-D’s children should be willing to speak up on behalf of and for Israel. Wouldn’t we want someone to do the same for us or our loved ones if we knew they were being taken advantage of? We as the children of the Living G-D need to pray for Israel and then put our words and feet into action. Thank you

    Comment by Barry Kendall — October 18, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

  8. Based on the fact that Arab Moderates cannot prevail in brokering a peace deal with Israel, should we not interpret that to mean that GOD has no intention of dividing the land of Israel? I understand that in the face of the world Glen Beck has to portray himself as being willing to garner support from all sides involved, however, is it not clear that the Arabs dont want peace with Israel but their complete anihilation? Why dont we just back off trying to broker peace and let the Arab come at Israel with all they got so our God can break down their walls of iron. Did He not do it in the 67 war? This is not man’s war, this is God’s war, let Him fight it and ask Him whats next. @Henry Patrick is right, let us focus on strengthning the brothers and sisters throughout the world who are being persecuted and are not free to express their right to worship the God of our fathers as Paul did in his day.

    Comment by Anonymous — October 18, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

  9. This is a constant reminder that the enemies of Israel do not want peace. 1922 international community recognized the right of the Jewish homeland. Provisions were made then that the Palestinias would occupy a part of Jordan. So that didn’t happen. The US provides financial aide for the Palestinias but they are not interested in using foreign aid to build up their infrastructure – so they remain in blighted conditions. All their energy is focused at getting more land from Israel and if they did (God forbid) they would do nothing with more land but continue to threaten Israel right to exist.

    Comment by Sandra Henley — October 18, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

  10. I”m a Hebrew Isaelite, here in the USA. I’m already praying for my brothers and sisters over there. We will be victorious in (“JESUS”). I will myself to (“GOD”) completely, to do with me as (“HE”) wish here in Jacksonville, Fl’

    Comment by Hubert Hunt Sr — October 18, 2011 @ 5:47 pm

  11. And how many more people who dare to speak the truth can the terrorists kill? God has a plan about Israel and Jerusalem and that plan will come to pass with or without those who wield the gun to intimidate.

    Comment by Sampson — October 18, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

  12. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost is/are alive and well and taking care of Israel.ANYONE with thoughts of defeating Israel is already defeated.

    Comment by Anonymous — October 18, 2011 @ 5:59 pm

  13. My heart aches for these moderate Arabs. They seem to be damned by all parties. In the West, nobody believes in the moderate Arab anymore; we have adopted (and adapted) as a modern mantra: “The only good Arab is a dead Arab.” Ghastly! but that’s how too many Americans see it now. In their own homelands, they are attacked openly as being “traitors” because they argue for tolerance and open co-existence with the rest of the world. I don’t know much about Islam, but I do remember that there are supposidely five pillars oif Islam: the acknowledgement of one God, the prayers made daily in the direction of Mecca, the fast of Ramadan, the pilgrimage to Mecca, and the distribution of alms to the poor. No mention of jihad in any of that! I don’t clearly recall the life and deeds of Mohammad by either his followers or his enemies’ accounts. But I have heard of stories of chivalty and kindness, in contrast to and embedded with deeds and words of cruelty and coercion. Triying to pin the blame for the current jihad(s) on Mohammad’s teachings is about like blaming our own government for David Koresh’s decision to answer the ATF’s duly processed and ordered serving of arrest papers with gunfire. But there you are: the moderate Arabs are being punished on alll sides for sticking with truth, common sense, and common decency. All too soon, we moderate Americans may find ourselves in the same pickle for simply trying to do what’s right, too.

    Comment by Deborah (Debbie) Fisher — October 18, 2011 @ 7:43 pm

  14. I believe the situation in Israel will only be resolved when Jesus returns.

    Comment by Douglas — October 18, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

  15. I was there when Sadat was shot serving USS Saipan very sad day our task force anchored close by. The world only thinks in real time these days. To many have given their lives on both sides of this struggle. When do you give enough who will raise the truce flag. Lets invest in our futures we can believe in a higher authority and serve only one Master.. We all have freedom to worship along side each other. Yet in reflection of mankind’s previous violence seems the only solutions we seem to understand. Let Freedom Ring. Forgiveness, means accepting the other as Brother and Sisters. I want to repost a translated Prayer or Story you decide. Which Man understands what should be in all of our hearts.

    A RICH MAN GAVE A TRASH BASKET TO A POOR MAN, POOR MAN SMILES AND RUNS WITH THE BASKET,

    POOR MAN emptied, washed, filled the Basket with FLOWERS AND GIVES THE BASKET BACK TO RICH MAN….

    THE RICH MAN was amazed and ASKS the POOR MAN WHY HE GAVE ME FLOWERS,. WHEN I GAVE GARBAGE?

    POOR MAN SAID BECAUSE EACH MAN, DOES WHAT IS IN THE HEART.

    VICTORY TO FOREVER …!!! Let us all Live and WIN

    Comment by David M Joyce — October 18, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

  16. I’d recommend you read this and have a concept of what’s going on in the MiddleEast. That is why I, as a believer in Jesus Christ, support Israel. I hope you will too.

    Comment by Bruce Sivesind — October 18, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

  17. God bless his people and he will keep them in peace alwayes

    Comment by Melvin Wiggins — October 18, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

  18. Sad reality, but so true! Just came back from Jerusalem today, and nowhere have I ever seen peace so desired by the Israeli – and was amazed watching the muslim population go about their chores, mindless of whether the country was called Israel or Germany. The main thing for them, I believe is the prosperity and the opportunities they have to live like human beings, without being exploited and brainwashed!

    Comment by Mariana — October 18, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

  19. Sad reality, but so true! Just came back from Jerusalem today, and nowhere have I ever seen peace so desired by the Israeli – and was amazed watching the muslim population go about their chores, mindless of whether the country was called Israel or Germany. The main thing for them, I believe, is the prosperity and the opportunities they have to live like human beings, without being exploited and brainwashed! But then, I might be completely wrong!

    Comment by Mariana — October 18, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

  20. I cannot help but comment on Deborah Fisher’s comment..how she says her heart aches for the moderate Arab…for (among other things) being openly attacked as being traitors because they argue for tolerance and open co-existance with the rest of the world…. and about not remembering much of Islam…but describing with clarity the five pillars of Islam… and not clearly recalling the life and deeds of Mohammed…but hearing about chivalry and kindness.

    What Deborah seem to have missed is the fact that very few moderate Arabs voiced their concern or even openly criticized the 9/11 attack by the Muslim terrorists and this was in America…In most of the Arab world there was a deafening silence…and on the streets of Gaza, Ramallah, East Jerusalem and other Arab territories…many “moderate” Arabs celebrated 9/11 by giving out candies. The “moderate” Arabs her heart aches for continued to be silent in the multiple terror attacks around the world and especially in Israel. The life and history of Mohammed was not written by his enemies but by his closest friends and confidants. In fact Aisha his nine year old wife even wrote about Mohammed. These people wrote the accounts of Mohammed not because they hated him…but because they revered and idolized him and were part of his escapades. They didn’t realize that his movement would become the second largest movement in the world and that his life would come under intense scrutiny by the whole world and “so his enemies” as you commented had facts about him to remind his followers the sort of man he was. No-one is trying to pin Jihads on him as Deborah so defensively commented but his followers glorified in following his example. The chivalries and kindness that Deborah heard about were the many raids and sharing of loots from camel caravan merchants…the killing and maiming of the small Jewish tribes…the razing of Mecca where large numbers of men, women and children were killed, because they refused to accept his beliefs. As for the Five Pillars of Mecca…I would advice Deborah to attend one of Walid Shoebat’s, (a former Palestinian terrorist) seminars to learn the truth about the five pillars of Islam she had described so clearly for us.

    Comment by Lenya Biyat — October 18, 2011 @ 11:53 pm

  21. This is the real story of the peace. Publish this article in the facebook.

    Comment by Alex Fernando — October 19, 2011 @ 1:52 am

  22. ISRAEL WE ARE FOR YOU! WE ARE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS, WE ARE NOT CATHOLICS. WE LOVE THE GOD OF ABRAHAM AND HIS SON JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOR, READ JOHN CHAPTER-3-VERSES-16,17,18,19. AND WE KNOW ABAUT THE LAND OF ISRAEL, READ EZEQUIER-CHAPTER- 37-21,22 ISRAEL WILL COME BACK TO ISREL, CANAAN IS ISRAEL FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE. BY THE GOD OF ABRAHAM. HE IS THE GOD OF THE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS TOO, WE HAVE THE BIBLE, KING JAMES FROM GENESIS TO REVELATIONS. THAT IS THE TRUE WORD OF THE GOD OF ABRAHAM.

    Comment by candita — October 19, 2011 @ 2:42 am

  23. IF YOU HAVE THE GOD OF ABRAHAM; THEN YOU HAVE HIS SON JESUS CHRIST THE MESSIAH READ ISAIAH CHAPTER-53. IT TELL YOU ABAUT HIM. IF YOU HATE THE JEWISH, ISREL,PEOPLE AND CHRISTIANS. THEN YOU DON’T HAVE THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND HIS SON JESUS.

    Comment by candita — October 19, 2011 @ 2:55 am

  24. ALLAH IS NOT GOD. ALLAH IS A IDOL, THE QURAN IS NOT THE WORD OF GOD. MOHAMMA IS NOT A PROPHET OF GOD. THEY LOVE TO KILL, AND TERRORISE PEOPLE, LIKE NEW YOUK 9-11. THEY HATE GOD’S PEOPLE ISRAEL. THEY HATE CHRISTIANS, THEY HATE GOD. THEY HATE THE GOD OF ABRAHAM. IF ISLAM, MUSLIM HATE ISRAEL, AND HATE CHRISTIANS; THEY HATE THE GOD OF ABRAHAM. BECAUSE ; THE GOD OF ISRAEL AND THE GOD OF THE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS IS THE GOD OF ABRAHAM. OUR BIBLE IS FROM GENESIS TO REVELATIONS. GRACIAS.

    Comment by candita — October 19, 2011 @ 3:04 am

  25. ALLAH IS THE MOON god. IS AN IDOL QURAN MOHAMMAD, ISLAM MUSLIM, FAKE GOD. NOT GOD ISLAM= TERRORIST, A HATEFUL MEN RELIGION. THEY HATE GOD’S PEOPLE ISRAEL, EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS. JUST LIKE NEW YOUK 9-11.

    Comment by candita — October 19, 2011 @ 3:09 am

  26. ISLAM, MUSILIM, EVIL, QURAN, EVIL, TERRORIST-9-11 ISLAM HATE ISRAEL HATE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS. SO THEY HATE THE GOD OF ABRAHAM.

    Comment by candita — October 19, 2011 @ 3:13 am

  27. Islam defies even human logic because it is a false religion. To be able to brainwash would-be suicide bombers with the prospect of several virgins awaiting him in their heaven deception straight from the father of all lies.

    Comment by maritecastro — October 19, 2011 @ 3:34 am

  28. The nations will always rage against Israel! Why? because thet are God,s chosen people. He has a covenant He will not break, a blood covenant with Abraham. There will be no peace in Israel until the Prince of Peace returns.Israel is blessed amongst the nations, she is truly unique. I pray fort he peace of Israel I was deeply moved by the picture of Mr Netanjahu greeting Gilad Shallit. Only God knows how the terrorists treated him and by his appearance, it was not good. Let the terrorists rejoice and blow hot air, shout out slogans and threats, they are no match for the God of Israel. As scripture records in the psalms, He sits in the Heavens and laughs, He knows their day in court is due!

    Comment by violet — October 19, 2011 @ 10:11 am

  29. thanks Brog for the article. Separation among humans comes from the enemy. Separation that Jesus spoke about was related to the carnal man and spiritual man that are in each of us. All the rest is pure errors. Many “Catholics” who happen to be “Christians” too, are for Israel. One day, there will be “one new man”…and true unity…we do have to pray for God to transform us first, and then bring the Kingdom of God to earth though us…that is our true mission…but we need to know God, spend time with Him and then do his will….

    Comment by Anonymous — October 19, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

  30. May God protect Israel and turn back those who mean her harm. I pray even now for hearts to be softened and that the Jewish people will acknoledge Jesus Christ as Savior!

    Comment by Marianne Lordi — October 20, 2011 @ 2:37 am

  31. Such true words. David Brog and those that follow his way are true assets to humanity. The love and sincerity that he has for God is truly uplifting. As a citizen of Israel I am eternally grateful for the love and support that he pours on us with enrelenting passion. God bless you.

    Comment by Jonathan Sacho — October 20, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

  32. i wish usa can truly support isreal in all things and be protected from danger seen and unseen, which is promised by GOD that any nation who blessed isreal will be bless no question asked. remember when the childred was passing thorugh after crossing the red sea, while they were resting a nation attack them that nation was cursed and never was blessed until the day

    Comment by ann — October 20, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

  33. Like or not take it or leave it there is no Palestine in God’s agenda It’s just a matter of time before their total annihilation and final judgement The Israel now and shall be will leave forever in God’s sight That’s the truth and a sure prophecy

    Comment by Hilary Ejikeme — October 21, 2011 @ 1:20 am

  34. I am jealous of your ability to overlook the hate crimes and genocide Israel commits every day against Palestinians. It must be nice to live in a dream world. But seeing as none of you are God Himself, who of you can justify murder? Who of you can defend illegal settlements and a wall twice the height of the Berlin wall? On what grounds do you believe that today’s Israel, created by the secular Theodor Herzl and torn away from its inhabitants, is the same peace-loving and God-fearing group of people (not physical country) discussed in the Bible? Go to Israel and feel safe, spend lots of money and see the tourist hot-spots. But before you leave, cross the border in Palestine and meet with people–Christians even–who don’t have clean water or protection from 18 year-old Israelis with rifles and AK-47’s. Meet with those who are humiliated daily because of their race, and tell me what you think.

    Hamas commits terrorist acts, and terrorism are wrong. The IDF kills Palestinians too, did you know that? So is it worse for a small, underprivileged group of people to kill, or for a well-armed military to kill? Neither!

    I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and I have been to Palestine and Israel. Folks, we are Israel–those whose trust is in this Jesus all over the world. The proof is in the book of Romans–undeniable! So before you support this country with blind allegiance, do some research. God loves Palestine, Israel and the USA, and no one more than the other. If He has any preference, for lack of a better word, it is to those who are going to live forever in His heavenly kingdom.

    This life is about glorifying God. So even if you are right, God will take care of these people. But folks, don’t spit out another word until you travel there yourself.

    Comment by baracaan — October 21, 2011 @ 2:14 am

  35. Hilary, your comment seem to be on a foundation of feelings and not about facts. Please, read your history!

    Comment by Elin — October 21, 2011 @ 7:25 am

  36. Elin, you need to read your Scripture!

    Comment by Marianne Lordi — October 21, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

  37. No Marianne, her Scripture is just fine. I do not disagree that Israel is God’s chosen people, that Israel will be given an inheritance, and so on. However, many today are confused about who Israel is. Israel is not a literal nation, it is those who believe in Jesus Christ as their only Lord and Savior! American Christians are so quick to assume we must support all Jews, but where does this come from? Romans 2:28-29 — “A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code.” If those whose heart is circumcised are Jews, then they are also Israel–God’s people rather than an earthly land with boundaries.

    And yes, too many supporters of today’s Israel base their opinions on feelings rather than historical or Biblical truth.

    Comment by Anonymous — October 24, 2011 @ 1:57 am

  38. Anonymous, You are misinterpreting Scripture. God speaks of his remnant of Israel who will believe. While we as non-Jews have been grafted in, Christ came first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles. Israel is not only a chosen nation, she is a chosen people. The proof is the fact that a nations smaller than New Jersey has been protected and made strong by the hand of God himself against her enemies! The Tribulation will be a time for God to reach his remnant. For that reason he is returning Jews from different nations back to Israel.

    I don’t base my opinions for Israel on feelings. I base it on sound Scripture.

    Comment by Marianne Lordi — October 24, 2011 @ 4:17 am

  39. […] It’s a sad reality of the Middle East that moderates have short life spans. In the summer of 1951, rumors began circulating that Lebanon and Jordan were discussing a joint peace deal with Israel. That July, both Jordan’s king, Abdullah I, and Lebanon’s former prime minister, Riad Bey al-Solh, were assassinated. In 1979, Egypt’s president, Anwar Sadat, became the first Arab leader to sign a peace treaty with Israel. He was assassinated for this “treason” two years later. In 1982, Lebanon’s president-elect, Bashir Gemayel, began discussing peace with Israel. He was assassinated that year for “selling the country to Israel.” The list goes on. for more click here […]

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  40. Marianne–You can thank the U.S. government and her guns for that protection, actually. And far too many modern-day Jews and Christians believe that our reward from God will be tangible (ie-a physical, geographical nation called Israel). If this is our motivation, then we are in a sad position! Our kingdom is not on earth at all, but in heaven, where we will be in complete and perfect relationship with Christ. Just like Christ’s followers at the Triumphal Entry (denoted by the term Hosanna!–as in Hurry! Save!), so many of us are too concerned with right now to think about our heavenly future, or to stretch our minds and admit we can’t comprehend what God is doing. And trust me, if you met any of the Palestinians you call Israel’s enemies, you would be quite embarrassed at your Zionist bias. It might be a shock, but God loves them too.

    Comment by baracaan — November 5, 2011 @ 12:59 am

  41. @Marianne – I agree with you and your interpretation of scripture is based on facts eminating from the bible. I am however sad, that Israel does not take the higher road in all this mess. Why play the political games the world plays and argue and get in a twist instead of sticking to the road map clearly shown in the bible. When God took Israel out of Egypt, He told them He will take care of them, but each time there after something happened, Israel started to doubt God and searched for their own resolutions – we learn in scripture that God only allowed those into Canaan who believed He was their “Leader and Saviour” – even the spies who went into Canaan to carry out reconnaissance and came back with a negative report was killed. God told Israel, this is your land that I am giving you. Go in and live. But He also demands total obedience from Israel. Keep your eyes on God and not on the world Israel – let your leaders proclaim this over and over, don’t play the world’s political games. You have a God given right to all the land of Canaan, don’t abdicate that right or water it down. Remember Davids words to goliath – “I come to you in the name of the living God”. Return to the days when you painted the blood of a lamb on your door posts and see for yourself how mighty this God of ours realy are. We continue to lift Israel up in prayer and so should you seek His face in all and everything you do and say. Shalom

    Comment by Peter — November 10, 2011 @ 6:17 am

  42. Peter – I also agree with what you said. The fact is that the Jewish people are still a stiff-necked people who do not see Christ as their Messiah. For that reason, I pray for Israel to understand the truth even before the Tribulation times. Let’s keep praying for them. God’s eye is on Israel. He has a remnant that will come to know Christ as Lord and Savior. He is working out his plan and nothing will stop it. And he still blesses those who bless Israel!

    Comment by Marianne Lordi — November 10, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

  43. No that is an inaccurate comment @marrianne lordi “the fact is the Jewish ppl are a stiff necked ppl who do not see Jesus Christ as their Messiah”. If you are from the body of Christ, you would not be so literal or general. While it is true that the the majority do not, it is also true that a minority do (testify to the messiahship and work of Jesus). Let me put it another way. Did you think that within the ppl he created for himself, he would not create within some of them the ability to know and recognize himself? Or do you think that within this group he might give some the ability to know him so they might testify to his work and messianic claims (and know and have a beautiful relationship with their lord and creator? Probably, the second option is true. Generalizing about this group of people leaves out the hand of God and the role he is playing in carrying out his plans for the Jews and the Gentile Nations. And it shows a lack of faith in divine providence and the work he is doing today and daily in this dispensation.

    Comment by anonymous — November 16, 2011 @ 8:28 am

  44. @anonymous albeit a late reply, I must support Marianne’s point. Surely it is understood by her and the world for that matter that Messianic Jews exist as did the disciples let us not forget. The point she is making is sadly a valid point. The Lord’s People should be that, a whole body not a fragmented tiny subset of his people. I understand that we are all his children however Israel in particular, statistically should be entirely for Jesus not the minority. Considering the physical and spiritual history they share with our Lord and Savior. Bottom line as @Peter said, Israel needs to remain focused on God and his promises. Remaining faithful to the creator of the universe and seeing the truth in Christ is simple success for them (despite neighboring or worldly political actions), until our Saviors return.

    Comment by Deon — March 8, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

  45. But Beinart completely ignores Netanyahu’s 2009 Bar Ilan University speech, in which he called for the creation of a Palestinian state,[22]
    This is from Brog’s MEQ installment.
    Its not that Beinart ignores intentionally. He knows its false because Netanyahu never said where the territory of this putative Pallie state will carved out of. Bibi knows it can only be carved out of Jordan, ot actually be Jordan, because if sunnies and Alawites cannot share huge Syria, how will the Sunnies tolerate Jewish Israel.
    However Beinert needs to justify his Galuthism, and so he demands Israel return to the Galuth, that is, be ruled by the Goy, and be satisfied to exist under the benevolence of another Goy.

    Comment by yuval Brandstetter MD — October 25, 2012 @ 4:20 pm


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